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A Guide to Evidence Synthesis

Selecting Databases Introduction

Selecting Databases


Librarians can recommend databases to search in a evidence synthesis. The databases you choose will depend on your research question and the disciplines in which relevant research may be conducted. Below is some guidance for choosing scholarly databases in a number of research areas. Check Cornell University Library's database catalog for a full list of available sources across all disciplines.

Every database works differently. Librarians can help with designing complex searches using the specialized syntax of individual databases and 'translate' searches between databases. See tabs 5 and 6 for more information or consult with a librarian if you have questions. 

Note that these databases largely focus on the published, peer-reviewed literature. For guidance and resources for searching other types of information (i.e., gray literature), see the next tab in this guide.

Databases for Scholarly Literature